Get the strategy you need for the business results you want.

Straight talk. Simplicity. Action.

No buzzwords. No bullshit.


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As a leading independent strategist, best-selling author, and incisive and provocative management thinker, I bring unique and valuable strengths to your business. Whether in one-on-one meetings, team briefings, a once-off workshop or a long-term consulting partnership, I’ll help you and your colleagues rethink your ideas about strategy—and make your future a matter of choice, not chance.

My special skill is in cutting through complexity, simplifying your your strategy, helping you focus on the few actions that will make the biggest impact, and providing the discipline you need to execute fast and effectively.


When you face tough business challenges, you need a hard-nosed approach to strategy. You have to confront reality while also imagining new possibilities. You have to make difficult trade-offs and tough decisions. You have to align and inspire your team to extraordinary effort. And you have to act fast and effectively—and keep learning and adapting.

I’ll help you do all this, and more. My way is no doubt different to anything else you’ve tried, for three reasons:

First, there’s the strategy expertise I’ve developed through years of dealing with a wide range of complex, high-stakes problems, across industries and companies. When you work with me, you get me as your strategy partner, from start to finish. I don’t hand over to a team of juniors intent on racking up billable hours, or a sidekick you didn’t ask for. I understand both the theory and the practice of strategy, as well most other areas of management, and know what works and what doesn’t in the real world. My knowledge, experience and judgment—plus my strategic thinking ability—will help you make the best decisions, whatever your circumstances. I’ll challenge your sacred cows, and provide insights, ideas, and advice that will enrich your strategy process and give you the most bang for your bucks.

Second, is my unique approach to creating and executing strategy through Powerful Strategic Conversation. It’s simple, sound, and practical, and integrates cutting-edge management thinking with the must-do principles and practices that are key to competitiveness in every business, in every industry. It will help you develop a crisp, clear, and compelling “strategy story,” and ensure effective execution. It will also help you develop the resilience and agility your firm needs to survive and thrive. And it will help you develop a “strategy mindset”—the ultimate competitive advantage—across your organization.

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Third, is the way I engage with you and your team. Quite simply, I don’t beat around the bush or cloud the conversation with pointless fads or irrelevant guff. I won’t waste your time slogging through yet another SWOT exercise or Step 1…Step 2…Step-3 process that takes you nowhere. Instead, I’ll cut straight to the heart of what stands between your company and the future, and involve your people in developing smart and innovative answers to your challenges.

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I’ll help you and your team get the basics right, explore possibilities for new growth and profits, and turn your goals into action. By combining the knowledge and experience that exists inside your organization with the questions, insights, advice, and solutions that I bring from outside, you’ll move the needle the right way. Your team will learn a great deal about strategy. And your firm will be set for the future.

Strategy is a serious matter—and more so in turbulent times. So best you take it seriously and work with a seasoned strategist who’ll provide sound guidance and practical solutions

As countless clients have found, I make sense of strategy in a way that’ll make sense to you. Like them, you’ll appreciate how fast you get to the decisions you need—and the quality of answers you get.

Tony Manning has helped our executives to regain confidence and true management control of their businesses in volatile and changing circumstances. I can thoroughly recommend him to assist any business with its strategic overhaul or repositioning exerciseChairman


  • My strengths as a strategist enable me to add real value to your strategy (rather than just walking you through a well-known process or engaging your team in frivolous activities)
  • A uniquely simple, sound, and practical approach to designing and executing strategy through Powerful Strategic Conversation
  • +30 years of experience from the C-suite to the shop-floor, with leading companies across a wide range of industries and assignments
  • Constant monitoring of global and local trends and issues affecting business
  • The latest and most useful management thinking and tools, plus ongoing research—and common-sense

Despite the complexities inherent in any strategic conversation, Tony continues to demonstrate his uncanny abilities in guiding us through a path that keeps these conversations simple and sensible.

He achieves that by helping us focus on a few drivers that are basic to our business and through which we can make a noticeable differenceManaging Director


  • Simplify your strategy process—and your strategy
  • Focus on the few strategic levers that drive performance
  • Craft a winning value proposition
  • Build an agile business model that brings sales and profits in a tough environment
  • Align and energize your team…and keep them motivated
  • Use 30-day plans to close the gap between strategy and action
  • Build the competitive strengths you need for the future

Use my simple, sound and practical approach to cut through complexity, craft and conduct a Powerful Strategic Conversation—and outperform your competition.

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Contact me today to start using      Powerful Strategic Conversation

Phone +27 82 800 5862

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